Joint WG2 and WG3 meeting took place online
The joint meeting of WG2 and WG3 planned for 3 and 4 March 2020 in Athens took place online on Zoom.
As parts of Italy were already on lockdown, the hosting organisation in Athens advised against and the situation regarding the spread of COVID 19 was evolving very fast, the meeting organisers (WG2 and WG3 leaders, action chair and local organiser) met online on 28 February and decided to cancel travel and hold the meeting online.
The objective of this joint working group meeting was to discuss and define modalities to merge our reflections on impacts and technical mechanisms of platforms in order to provide guidelines to build platforms for sharing and caring initiatives, that could produce or enhance positive impacts.
Before the workshop, the chairs of the two WGs have asked the participants to study one platform (supporting a local initiative): the idea was to list existing technological mechanisms which address specific areas of impacts that WG3 studied (social, economic, political and environmental). The aim of the exercise was to find possible linkages between digital functionalities and impacts using practical examples.
On the first day, the WG leaders presented the principal outputs of the work done by WG2 and WG3, and then all participants presented and discussed the case studies they had prepared for the meeting.
During the second day, participants discussed existing mechanisms/functionalities for each domain of impact and brainstormed on new ideas and related positive as well as critical issues.
Finally, participants defined the steps for the development of guidelines (WG2 and WG3 deliverables) in terms of potential targets, framework and main contents. Participants agreed on two main targets: designers interested in supporting sharing and caring initiatives, and local initiatives who do not have any technical skills. The form of the guidelines has been discussed and participants agreed to offer an online toolkit, in which it could be easy to navigate among impacts and visualize different technical mechanisms that could be implemented to support them.